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PM Modi inaugurates India's longest bridge in Assam

Andrew Cummings | 30 May, 2017, 06:52

The Congress on Friday said "bravado, rhetoric and hyperbole" were the hallmark of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government which has completed three years in office and demanded a white paper on its employment strategy.

The bridge, created to facilitate the movement of battle tanks, is expected to help movement of troops to the border with China in the Wallong-Kibithu sector in southern Arunachal Pradesh. The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel times from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China.

The bridge which will be inaugurated today, is nearly 9.15-km-long from Dhola to Sadiya is built over the Lohit river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.

"If Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji had returned to power in 2004, then you would have got this bridge 10 years ago".

"This bridge will not just save time and money, but also trigger a new economic revolution in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and the entire Northeast". Guwahati AIIMS will be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs 1,123 crore. He left for Dhola, soon after his arrival.

PM Modi said, "Indians now know that India is progressing and is on its way to becoming a major world power".

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PM Modi said, "This bridge will also open new road for the high quality North East ginger grown by farmers of the region and improve their economic condition".

Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, in his address earlier, said that development of the northeast region was the top priority of the BJP-led NDA government.

Its inauguration was timed to mark three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

- The construction of Dhola-Sadiya bridge began in 2011 and the original target date for completion was December 2015. "That is why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge", he said. We are giving stress on development of roads, bridges, rails, air and waterways which are environment-friendly and economical. The visit prompted junior Defense Minister Kiren Rijiu to say that "Arunachal Pradesh is part of India and that reality will not change".

"Popular Prime Minister Modi has fulfilled his pre-poll slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas", said the Chief Minister.

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